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Rift – wild cherry burl

Once in a while a particular piece of wood speaks to me. This cherry branch was heavily diseased and came to me as am elbow that another turner wasn’t comfortable trying to turn.

My original intent was to cut it in half and make two mini vases from it, but the more I looked at it, the more I felt it should be turned as a whole, even if the result wasn’t.

Here is “Rift,” a vase or hollow form of wild cherry burl.

Rift
Rift

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